Birth Control Specialist

Gynecologist located in Princeton, NJ

Birth Control
Birth Control services offered in Princeton, NJ

Few things have a greater impact on a woman’s life more than birth control. Markidan Gynecology and Women's Health offers in-depth family planning counseling and treatment options, including counseling of adolescents.

To schedule an appointment, please call us at (609)-683-3661.  We are conveniently located in Princeton, New Jersey.

Birth Control Q & A

What are some common birth control options?

Never before have women had so many great options for birth control. In some ways, the sheer volume of available choices can be intimidating, making it hard to choose the right fit. Birth control options can be categorized by how they prevent pregnancy. 

Hormonal methods of birth control work by altering your hormonal balance to prevent ovulation, increase cervical mucus, or otherwise create an environment that is not conducive to fertilization. 

Some examples of hormonal birth control include:

  • Implant
  • Injections
  • Pills
  • Patches
  • Vaginal ring
  • Intrauterine device (there is also a non-hormonal option)

Non-Hormonal methods include barrier methods, such as condoms and diaphragms, which prevent pregnancy by creating a physical barrier between egg and sperm, and newer and more effective spermicides.  These methods require a degree of preparation, as the method of choice must be with you when the time comes to use it. 

How do I know which birth control method is right for me?

Every woman has a distinct set of needs when it comes to birth control, which is why personalized birth control counseling is so important. For example, if you want to reduce your menstrual bleeding and potentially clear up mild acne, birth control pills can help. 

If you want a completely hands-off option that requires little maintenance or effort on your part, an IUD or the birth control implant are both excellent options. If you only have sex occasionally and don’t need everyday protection, condoms are great because they are readily available and protect against sexually transmitted diseases. 

Are there any birth control options I should avoid?

Unless you are fully prepared to navigate the challenges of an unwanted pregnancy, methods like withdrawal (pulling out) and fertility awareness (formerly called the rhythm method) should be avoided. Both of these approaches are significantly less effective than any other option. 

Are there any permanent birth control options that are available?

For women who are either done with childbearing or are not interested in having children, a permanent solution is available.  Tubal Removal is the new recommended procedure (as obosued to previously recommended Tubal Ligation) for permanent birth control.  Dr. Markidan performs this procedure laparoscopically as an outpatient procedure.

If you have questions or concerns about birth control or just want to try a new method, please call Markidan Gynecology and Women’s Health today to schedule a visit.